Dear Jewelry Friends,

We hope you had a wonderful summer’s break! Ours was relaxing, and gave us lots of time for new jewelry ideas to bake. To share these ideas and kick off the fall, we have taken a page out of the back-to-school book with our very own “back-to-Gem-X” issue of The Extra.

Below we are pleased to announce the call for submissions for our Gem X Scholarship and Grant. There is an update on how our community is already thriving on Slack. Be sure not to miss our social diary and pencil into your calendar the events we have coming up this fall. If you would like to sport your club colours at them, we’ve created a t-shirt and personalized water bottle just for you. To close, we share a recap of our first in-person event of the year in London.

We cannot wait to hear what you think!

Heidi & Lin


Gem X is dedicated to opening up the world of jewelry to all who are passionate. However, this world can be difficult to access and navigate, and opportunities including educational ones can be expensive and out of reach. The Gem X Scholarship & Grant Program, supported through our Gemflix GoFundMe, aims to help overcome the barriers that prevent many from taking the next steps to further their careers and pursue their jewelry dreams.

Every person has a different set of needs and aspirations. For this reason, each grant recipient will be offered a bespoke award. Awards will include complimentary membership to the club. Additionally, they will be tailored to a recipient’s needs with a mentorship package and/or up to $5,000 in financial assistance toward jewelry education or a project to help achieve career ambitions. For example, applicants could request assistance covering the cost of a course with the GIA, covering out of pocket costs related to a research project, finding a mentor, networking to help make a career change, and/or simply covering the cost of membership to Gem X.

To learn more about the grant or to apply, visit: And please help us spread the word on Instagram @gemxclub #gemxscholars.


In the spirit of bringing our jewelry community closer together, last week we launched a new, members-only forum on Slack. Gem X members hail from all over the world, and we want to give you an easy and friendly way to chat, collaborate and dish about all things gems n’ jewels. Want a friend to go to a gallery opening or gem show with? Check out #nyc-events, #london-events, #lasvegas-shows and the many other Slack rooms we have opened, all devoted to discussing jewelry happenings. Have a maker’s mark on an antique jewel you need help identifying?  Post your question in #jewelrydetectives. The #jobs-networking room, which is already filling with exciting opportunities, is dedicated to all career questions and inquiries. Missed the email? Write us at and we’ll be happy to help!


Gem X Tie-Dye T-Shirt and Personal Water Bottle

Here by popular demand! We originally created our very own t-shirt and water bottle for a retreat of the Gem X Core. You can see some of our team sporting their new club bling while cooking up fun ideas for our community this year below. Then, we received several requests from members, looking for ways to wear their enthusiasm for Gem X. So, we thought, why not offer them to everyone? We’ve already mailed personalized water bottles to our Unlimited Members and we’d be happy to send you one as well, along with your very own t-shirt too. 

Orders can be placed by emailing The cost of the water bottle is $25 and the t-shirt is $30 (plus shipping and handling).

Is there a piece of Gem X swag that you’d love to see? Let us know and we’ll add it to the ideas hopper!


Gem X London: Berlin Iron Jewelry

Iron certainly felt worth its weight in gold as we gathered for our first event in London of the year several weeks ago. It was an evening all about Berlin iron jewelry, of course. We got to learn about and try on exquisite examples of Berlin iron. There was even a tiara (of course!). Perhaps best of all, we got to catch up with old and new jewelry friends for the first time in a while. A tremendous thank you to our member and gracious host of the evening, Cora Sheibani 🙂

Have more photos from the event? Tag us at @gemxclub or #gemxlondon

Online: Gemflix Round-Up

Missed one of our Gemflix last month?  Catch these replays now.

Gem X members have access to our entire archive of Gemflix replays. Not a member? Apply here.




  A Conversation on Artist Jewelry with Didier & Martine Haspeslagh  ◆

THURSDAY | September 9th, 12:00PM EST | 5:00PM BST

The paintings of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí are familiar to many, but those in-the-know also collect wearable works of art by master artists.  Indeed, Alexander Calder famously said that through his jewelry, he is able to transform its wearer into a “living work of art.”  In a special event co-hosted with TEFAF Online, we invite you to journey into the fascinating world of artist jewelry.  Our expert guides will be Didier and Martine Haspeslagh (@didierltd), who devote their lives to sourcing, researching and curating the best examples of modern, wearable art.


  A Conversation with Hazel Forsyth, curator at the Museum of London  ◆

WEDNESDAY | October 6th, 5:00PM EST | 10:00PM BST

 In 1912, laborers on a building sire in Cheapside in the City of London unearthed a great trove of gemstones and jewels which has lain undisturbed for some 300 years. Known and celebrated as the Cheapside Hoard, it is still the largest known cache of its kind in the world. Join us as Hazel Forsyth, curator at the Museum of London who oversaw the acquisition of the Cheapside Hoard, tell us its story.  




  A Private Event for Gem X Members  ◆

SATURDAY | September 4th, 11:00AM EST

Judy Geib is “a female Indiana Jones, traveling the world in search of the perfect gemstone,” describes The Adventurine Founder, Marion Fasel.  Get your adventure fedoras on and join us for a city outing to visit Judy Geib in her private jewelry studio.  Housed in a converted factory along the border of Williamsburg and Bushwick, Judy’s studio is sprinkled with gemstones, metals and among other treasured tools that help  her hand-forged jewelry magic come to life.  Behold this masterpiece necklace above, a dazzling Peter Pan collar with a monogram stitched in gold.  And now, Judy has graciously offered to bring Gem X into her creative wonderland.


  A Private Event for Gem X Core and Unlimited Members  ◆

TUESDAY | September 14th

Take a tour of the phenomenal jewelry collection of one of the most exclusive salons in London. The tour will take place in late afternoon, followed by dinner. 



  A Private Event for Gem X Members  ◆

WEDNESDAY | September 15th, 6:30PM BST in Chelsea, London

Chances are that you have charms in your jewelry box. From ancient times through today, people have collected charms and used them to express identity, record life stories, evoke memories and create family heirlooms. Join us for an evening of charms and refreshments with two incredible women, Annoushka Ducas MBE, founder of jewelry brand Annoushka, and renowned luxury editor and writer Lucia van der Post, founding editor of one of our favorite magazines, the FT‘s How To Spend It. We’ll chat about the history of charms and their mesmerizing appeal, and discuss the moments that have shaped these two womens’ lives and how they’ve captured them with charms.



  A Private Event for Gem X Members   ◆

WEDNESDAY | September 29th, 1:00PM EST

Join us for a discussion with Goldsmiths’ Company Curators Dr. Dora Thornton and Dr. Frances Parton as they discuss the exquisite, unique and inimitable rings from this year’s Fair exhibition ‘Rings: A World of Invention’. The lunchtime talk will cover the landmark 1961 International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery held at Goldsmiths’ Hall 60 years ago, as well as unique rings from the exhibition and the stories behind them. There will also be a private handling session of rings from the Company’s vault, which will give us the exclusive opportunity to gain more context for the exhibition, and we will have the opportunity to walk through the fair together afterwards. Additionally, stay tuned for details of a private evening tour of the Fair as well.


Jewelry Social Diary

Looking for some jewelry activities? Don’t forget to check out our Social Diary!


Like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, New Yorkers and gem lovers around the globe have been patiently waiting for the grand unveiling of the new Allison & Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals at The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Replacing …
 The ’60s and ’70s were decades of cultural transformation. Individuality and nonconformity took center stage, which translated into boundless inspiration for artists and jewelers. And one private collector has amassed an impressive collection of jewelry depicting …
That’s it for this month!  For questions and comments, please drop us a note here.
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1. DEFINITIONS: “Gem X” refers to Gem X LLC, who has lent a given piece of jewelry to Customer. “Jewelry” refers to any piece of jewelry identified above that is being lent to Customer by Gem X on memo for a period not to exceed six weeks. “Loan Period” refers to the period of time which Gem X agrees to lend the Jewelry to Customer.

2. APPLICABILITY: These Terms and Conditions govern and apply to a one year membership in the Gem X Core Collection Program. Customer agrees that by accepting these Terms and Conditions, Gem X is authorized to charge Customer’s credit Card on file the full price of a one year membership. Customer further agrees that by accepting these Terms and Conditions, Customer’s membership in the Gem X Core Collection program will automatically renew one year from the expiration of the term of membership, and Customer’s credit card will be charged for each annual membership renewal. Customer acknowledges that should Customer seek to cancel Customer’s membership at any time during each one year membership term, Customer will not be entitled to any refund for any portion of the one year membership term prior to which the Customer cancelled membership. Customer agrees that Customer may only avoid an automatic membership renewal (and corresponding credit card charge) by canceling Customer’s membership in writing via email to at least 24 hours prior to the expiration of the term of Customer’s one year Gem X Core Collection Program membership. Nothing herein shall be construed as implying any obligation on Gem X’s part to continue or cancel Customer’s membership at any time. Gem X reserves the right to cancel Customer’s membership in the Gem X Core Collection Program, and further reserves the right to decline to renew Customer’s membership in the Gem X Core Collection Program, for any reason including but not limited to a violation of any of these Terms and Conditions.

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4. CORE COLLECTION AGREEMENT: Customer agrees that by signing below, via Docusign or by clicking a check-box acknowledging acceptance of these Terms and Conditions, Customer shall be part of the Gem X Core Collection program, in which Gem X shall, in Gem X’s sole discretion, lend Customer on memo one or more pieces of Jewelry to be selected by Gem X for a period not to exceed six (6) weeks. At the end of the Loan Period, Customer agrees that it shall ship the Jewelry back to Gem X via the pre-printed Federal Express label to be e-mailed to Customer by Gem X.

5. INSPECTION: Customer acknowledges that Customer has inspected the Jewelry upon taking possession thereof, finds it in good and undamaged condition, with no damaged or missing stones or components, and finds it suitable for Customer’s needs. To the extent that Customer finds the Jewelry to have any damage, or damaged or missing stones or components whatsoever upon receipt of the Jewelry, Customer shall promptly notify Gem X of any damage to the Jewelry, or damaged or missing stones or components, within one (1) business day of receipt. Notice shall be provided to Customer via email, and shall include photographs of any damage to the Jewelry, and/or damaged or missing stones or components. Customer further acknowledges and agrees that should Customer fail to notify Gem X of any damage to the Jewelry, or damaged or missing stones or components, within one (1) business day of receipt of the Jewelry: (a) Customer waives any claim that the Jewelry arrived with any damage whatsoever; (b) Customer will be responsible for reimbursing Gem X for any damage to the Jewelry, or damaged or missing stones or components, as further described in paragraph 5.

6. RETURN OF JEWELRY/CUSTOMER RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE: At the expiration of the Loan Period, Customer shall return the Jewelry as specified in paragraph 3. Upon receipt of the Jewelry by Gem X, Gem X shall inspect the Jewelry for any damage to the Jewelry and damaged or missing stones or components. Should Gem X determine, in its sole discretion, that there is any damage to the Jewelry, or that there are any damaged or missing stones or components, or that the Jewelry has been tampered with in any way such that it is not in the condition that it was in at the commencement of the Loan Period, Gem X shall notify Customer in writing within ten (10) business days of receipt of the Jewelry. Gem X shall make any repairs and/or replace any damaged or missing stones at its sole discretion, and shall invoice Customer in writing for the full cost of said repairs within ten (10) business days of such repairs being made. Customer hereby agrees and consents that Gem X may charge Customer’s credit card on file within two (2) days of Gem X sending the above Invoice without further notice to Customer. Customer further agrees and acknowledges that, should Customer fail to return the Jewelry within five (5) business days of the expiration of the Loan Period, Gem X may invoice Customer for the full replacement cost of the Jewelry, and may charge Customer’s credit card of file within two (2) days of Gem X sending the above Invoice without further notice to Customer.

7. TITLE/NO PURCHASE OPTION/NO LIENS: These Terms and Conditions do not constitute a contract of sale, and title to the Jewelry shall at all times remain with Gem X. Gem X may offer Customer the option to purchase the Jewelry in Gem X’s sole discretion, but any such purchase of the Jewelry by Customer shall be the subject of a further contract or agreement. Customer shall keep the Jewelry free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, and under no circumstances shall Customer use the Jewelry as collateral or security for any type of loan whatsoever. Customer shall not lease, assign, loan, or rent the Jewelry to any individual or entity.

8. ENTIRE AGREEMENT/ONLY AGREEMENT: These Terms and Conditions shall constitute the entire agreement between Gem X and Customer, and shall supersede all prior agreements, understandings and negotiations between Gem X and Customer with respect to the subject matter hereof. Any modifications to these Terms and Conditions must be made in writing and signed by Gem X and Customer.

9. NON-WAIVER: Any failure of Gem X to insist on strict performance by Customer or any of these Terms and Conditions shall not be construed as a waiver of Gem X’s right to demand strict compliance.

10. HEADINGS FOR CONVENIENCE ONLY: Headings of any paragraph or provision in these Terms and Conditions are for convenience and organization only. Headings shall not affect the meaning of any provisions of these Terms and Conditions.

11. NO CONSTRUCTION AGAINST DRAFTER: Customer acknowledges that he or she has read these Terms and Conditions, and has agreed to all of the terms hereunder. Customer further agrees that any ambiguity in any of these Terms and Conditions shall not be construed against Gem X on the basis that Gem X authored the same.

12. SEVERABILITY: If any part or sub-part of these Terms and Conditions is deemed or held invalid or unenforceable by a court of law or competent arbitrator, the remaining Terms and Conditions will be enforced to the maximum extent possible. In such circumstances, the remainder of these Terms and Conditions shall continue in full force.

13. JURISDICTION/COSTS: Gem X and Customer agree that New York law shall govern any matter or dispute relating to or arising out of this Agreement, as well as any dispute of any kind that may arise between Gem X and Customer. In the event litigation is initiated, Gem X and Customer agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of the following county: New York, New York. Gem X and Customer agree that this choice of law, venue, and jurisdiction provision is not permissive, but rather mandatory in nature. Customer agrees to pay all reasonable costs of collection, court, attorney’s fees, and other expenses incurred by Gem X in the collection of any charges due under these Terms and Conditions or in connection with the enforcement of these Terms and Conditions.

14. ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES/CHECK BOXES: Customer agrees that execution and/or acceptance of these Terms and Conditions via Docusign, by clicking a check-box below, or via other electronic means, has the same force and effect as signing in ink.

15. CRIMINAL WARNING: Failure to return the Jewelry at the end of the Loan Period may be considered theft subject to criminal prosecution pursuant to the applicable penal or penal code provisions.